Ante Sundaraniki is the title of the upcoming Telugu musical comedy starring actors Nani and Nazriya Nazim Fahadh. Announcing this on Saturday, the production house, Mythri Movie Makers, added that the movie is expected to be released in 2021.
A brief curtain-raiser video that ran through the credits of the movie was also released along with the title.
Written and directed by Vivek Athreya, Ante Sundaraniki marks the Telugu debut of Nazriya, a popular star in Malayalam. Silverscreen India had earlier reported on Nazriya signing the movie with Nani, a collaboration the director described as “a dream combo.” Nazriya, who took a break from acting after her marriage to actor Fahadh Faasil, started acting again in 2018. Her last role was the much-talked about Esther Lopez – an alcoholic, chain-smoking sex worker in the Malayalam psychological drama Trance.
Only two films old, Athreya has acquired a name for himself as solid script writer and director. His previous films – Mental Madhilo, and Brochevarevarura – were both box office hits made on a low-budget with actor Sree Vishnu in the lead. Brochevarevarura, a crime comedy starring Sree Vishnu and Nivetha Thomas, was a surprise hit in 2019, making more than 3 times its budget at the box office.
Nani’s last was the crime thriller, V where he played a negative role. After several delays due to Covid-19, V was released directly on Amazon Prime Video to mixed reviews. His next release is likely to be Tuck Jagadish, a comedy with Aishwarya Rajesh playing the female lead. The actor has a reputation in Telugu as someone willing to experiment with his roles and working with Athreya will likely enhance that reputation. The collaboration between Nani and Athreya was announced in May 2020, with Athreya describing the project as an “out and out entertainer.”
Vivek Sagar, who worked with Athreya in Brochevarevarura will compose music for Ante Sundaraniki. Niketh Bommi and Raviteja Girijala will handle the camera and editing, with production design by Latha Tharun. Naveen Yerneni and Ravi Shankar Y produce the movie under the Mythri Movie Makers banner.